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USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group returns to San Diego
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2021) Two F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), April 29, 2021. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment conducting routine operations in U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Erik Melgar.
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 29, 2021) Two F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), April 29, 2021. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group returned to San Diego May 25. Read more...

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SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2021) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Branston Moore greets his family following amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset’s (LPD 25) return to homeport of Naval Base San Diego. Somerset, a part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group returned to Naval Base San Diego May 23 after a deployment to U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets where they served as a crisis-response force for combatant commanders in the Africa, Central and Indo-Pacific Commands. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael J. Lieberknecht.
Welcome home Makin Island ARG: USS Makin Island, USS San Diego, USS Somerset, 15th MEU
More than 5,000 Sailors and Marines of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to their San Diego homeport May 21-23, concluding a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of operation.
Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), embarked aboard the ships of the ready group, arrived off the coast of Southern California, May 21, to disembark at Camp Pendleton. Read more....
Pictured above: Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Branston Moore and a member of his welcome home committee!

SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2021) Information Systems Technician 1st Class Jasmin Trias greets family following amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset ’s (LPD 25) return to homeport of Naval Base San Diego. Somerset, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group returned to Naval Base San Diego May 23 after a deployment to U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets where they served as a crisis-response force for combatant commanders in the Africa, Central and Indo-Pacific Commands. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael J. Lieberknecht.
SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2021) Information Systems Technician 1st Class Jasmin Trias greets family following amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset ’s (LPD 25) return to homeport of Naval Base San Diego. Somerset, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group returned to Naval Base San Diego May 23 after a deployment to U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets where they served as a crisis-response force for combatant commanders in the Africa, Central and Indo-Pacific Commands. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael J. Lieberknecht.

SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2021) Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Kameron Bradley greets his family for the first time after returning to homeport from a seventh-month deployment aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael J. Lieberknecht.
SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2021) Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Kameron Bradley greets his family for the first time after returning to homeport from a seventh-month deployment aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Michael J. Lieberknecht.

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USS Bunker Hill returns to San Diego from deployment with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.USS Bunker Hill returns from deployment
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) returned to San Diego, marking the successful completion of its deployment to U.S. 3rd Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of operations, May 22.
Bunker Hill, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG), departed on deployment to the Indo-Pacific, Dec. 23, 2020. Read more...

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SAN DIEGO (May 21, 2021) Lt. Andres Solarte, from Brentwood, N.Y., holds his child on the pier after disembarking Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) May 21, 2021. Russell, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, returned to Naval Base San Diego May 21 after a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet in support of maritime security operations to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Erik Melgar.USS Russell (DDG 59) returns from deployment
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) returned to San Diego after a deployment to U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet areas of operations, May 21.
Russell left San Diego in early December 2020 to take part in a sustainment exercise with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) before deploying to the Indo-Pacific, Dec. 23, 2020.
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Pictured Above: Lt. Andres Solarte, from Brentwood, N.Y., holds his child on the pier after disembarking Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russel.

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NMCSD observes Occupational Therapy Month during April.Camp Pendleton: A bison's paradise
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton was given 14 Plains Bison from the San Diego Zoo from 1973-1979. Today, the bison herd consists of approximately 90 individuals. Along with another herd on Santa Catalina Island, the herd on Camp Pendleton is one of only two wild conservation herds of bison in all of California.
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NMCSD observes Occupational Therapy Month during April.USS Bonhomme Richard decommissioned at Naval Base San Diego
The U.S. Navy held a decommissioning ceremony for amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at Naval Base San Diego April 14... Read more....

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USS Freedom (LCS 1) returns to San Diego homeport
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (April 12, 2021) U.S. Navy Sailors man the rails aboard Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), April 12. Freedom returned to Naval Base San Diego following their deployment in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South’s counter illicit drug trafficking mission in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Richard Cho.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (April 12, 2021) U.S. Navy Sailors man the rails aboard Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), April 12. Freedom returned to Naval Base San Diego following their deployment in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South’s counter illicit drug trafficking mission in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Richard Cho.

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SAN DIEGO (Apr 9, 2021) Capt. Devin Morrison (right), incoming commanding officer Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD)/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command San Diego (NMRTC), relieves Capt. Bradford Smith (left) as commanding officer during a change of command ceremony on board NMCSD/NMRTC April 9, 2021. Photo by PO3 Harley Sarmiento Change of command at NMCSD/NMRTC
Capt. Bradford Smith turned over command of Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD)/Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) San Diego to Capt. Devin Morrison, presided over by Naval Medical Forces Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Tim Weber April 9.... Read more....

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NMCSD observes Occupational Therapy Month during April.Capt. Ted Carlson assumes command of Naval Base San Diego
Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) hosted a Change of Command with Capt. Ted Carlson relieving Capt. Mark Nieswiadomy March 24, 2021.. Read more....

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Navy, Marine corps release Unmanned Campaign Plan.Navy, Marine Corps release Unmanned Campaign Plan
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps released their Unmanned Campaign framework. The Unmanned Campaign Plan represents the Navy and Marine Corps’ strategy for making unmanned systems a trusted and integral part of warfighting. Read more....

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Sign ups are now open for this year's Virtual Bay Bridge Run slated for May 9-16. Navy announces release of MQ-25A home basing final Environmental Assessment
The Navy has released a final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for home basing of the MQ-25A Stingray carrier-based Unmanned Air System (Stingray CBUAS) at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu, California. Read more....

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Sign ups are now open for this year's Virtual Bay Bridge Run slated for May 9-16.Sign up now to'Bridge' the distance between us at MWR virtual run May 9-16
This year Navy Region Southwest Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Program will ‘bridge’ the distance between us, as they open registration for a Virtual Bridge Run event! Read more....

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U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) conduct a missile shooting demonstration and aerial refueling in support of Exercise Winter Fury 21, off the coast of Southern California, Feb. 5. During Winter Fury, 3rd MAW will conduct long range strikes, deploy and support infantry Marines, assist in the transport of artillery assets, and provide logistical support to Marines on the ground. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Leilani Cervantes
3RD MAW grows as an integrated all-domain naval power
Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) prepare for the commencement of phase two of Winter Fury-21, a large-scale, joint force exercise that ensures the Marines of 3rd MAW are prepared, equipped, and trained to win any high-end, future fight. Read more....

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Kathleen H. Hicks appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, Feb. 2, 2021, during a hearing to consider her nomination to be deputy secretary of defense.Hicks confirmed as deputy secretary of defense
The Defense Department’s glass ceiling is cracking: Kathleen H. Hicks was confirmed by the Senate as the 35th deputy secretary of defense Feb. 8. Read more....

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III ordered a DOD-wide stand down to discuss the problem of extremism in the ranks.Austin orders stand down to address challenge of extremism in the ranks
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered a DOD-wide stand down to discuss the problem of extremism in the ranks, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said Feb. 3 . Read more....

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VA Official SealVA San Diego Healthcare System celebrates 49 years of academic partnerships
SAN DIEGO — VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) announced Jan. 29 as part of its 75th anniversary commemoration of academic affiliations that it has trained over 1,600 of health professionals annually in collaboration with national academic affiliations. Read more....

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From left to right, NAF El Centro’s “Triad” Cmdr. Jeremy Doughty, Executive Officer, Capt. William Perkins, Commanding Officer, and Master Chief Eric Hubert, Command Master Chief, hold the recovered bell from the USS Dunlap (DD-384) prior to its shipping to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo by Kristopher Haugh.All is well for ship's bell
NAF EL CENTRO — What do a World War I Marine Corps general, World War II Navy ship, Brown University, and a garage sale in Soledad, California have in common? If you guessed a bell, you would be correct. Read more....


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Army Gen. Gustave F. Perna, chief operations officer for Operation Warp Speed, speaks at a briefing on Operation Warp Speed in Washington, D.C., Nov. 24, 2020.First female to command aircraft carrier
The Navy announced that Capt. Amy Bauernschmidt will assume command of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), marking the first time a female commanding officer will lead the crew of one of the Navy’s 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Read more....

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OKINAWA, JAPAN — (left to right) U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Evan M. Simonds, a motor transport operator with Truck Co., Headquarters Bn., 3rd Marine Division, and Lance Cpl. Eduardo Tenaperez, motor transport mechanic, stand with the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) here, Sep. 18. The vehicle is one of two models currently being fielded and maintained with the unit. Eventually, the JLTV will replace the Humvee and revolutionize the mobility and reliability of motor transportation throughout the Marine Corps. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer.The JLTV, revolutionizing motor transportation in the Marine Corps
OKINAWA, JAPAN – The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is integrated into training on Okinawa, and it is already changing the way the Marines envision motor transportation. The JLTV will cut down thousands of hours of annual maintenance and allow Marines to drive to remote locations with minimal mechanical support, said Staff Sgt. Robert O. Sempell, Shop Chief, Truck Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. Read more....

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DoD announces 5G prototype testing at San Diego Navy base
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E)) has selected Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) to be one of five Tranche 1 sites for the Department of Defense’s 5G to Next G Initiative.
The NBSD site will utilize a Naval Base Coronado warehouse operated by Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center San Diego (FLCSD) to prototype a smart warehouse use case enabled by 5G technology and to perform at-scale experimentation using the developed prototypes.
The prototyping’s objectives are to create a proving ground for testing, refining, and validating emerging 5G enabled technologies and to increase the efficiency and fidelity of NAVSUP FLCSD logistic operations.
Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific will lead the technical assessment with NBSD, NAVSUP, and NAVSUP FLCSD, supporting the implementation and execution of the experiments, performing test and evaluation, and ensuring the deployed 5G technology and smart warehouse applications meet Navy and OUSD (R&E) expectations.
The desired outcome is a 5G enabled smart warehouse that improves the efficiency, accuracy, security, and safety of materiel and supply handling, management, storage, and distribution for NAVSUP FLCSD, and a prototype transition plan for NAVSUP.
Industry partners have been selected to design and build the 5G test bed, various network enhancements, and warehouse specific applications.


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Game Of War: Aug 25, 2020 -- U.S. Marines play a game of Memoir 44’—a war-themed strategy board game based on historical World War II battles—on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 10. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Hernandez.Marine Corps to build innovative wargaming center
by Matt Gonzales Marine Corps Systems Command

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- The Marine Corps will soon build a state-of-the-art facility to better visualize the threat environment, gain competitive advantages and simulate future operating environments.Read more....

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United Through Reading®
Deploying? Service members invited to record stories for family at San Diego USO
United Through Reading® is a program helping ease the stress of separation for military families by having deploying or deployed service members read children’s books aloud via DVD for their family to watch at home. This powerful program is available to all military units. It provides service members a chance to make lasting connections from afar. The DVD recording and the book are mailed to the child and family back home.
Service members who are leaving for training can also take part in this program. Being a parent is not required; service members can send the DVD & book(s) to any special child in their life such as younger sister or brother, niece, nephew or godchild.
On the day of the recording, service members are encouraged to dress in the attire they will be wearing while deployed/training, but this is not required. The room is private, so any special message, or those fun reading voices, will only be heard by the recipient of the DVD recording. USO San Diego has books available, or service members can bring their own. Our volunteers will help set up the camera and then leave the room. The DVD can hold a 30 minute recording.
Please e-mail USO San Diego Staff Member Nichole Duarte at utr@usosandiego.org to make your appointment. This program is offered at both USO San Diego centers.

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